Truck Thursday: '71 Toyota Land Cruiser with Cummins Turbo Diesel Power

Land cruiser diesel

The Toyota Land Cruiser has become one of the few iconic and very sought-after Japaneses vehicle in the United States. There is a group of people out there ready to give up their organs for the right FJ40, and if they want this one, they might just have to.

Here is a pristine looking ’71 FJ40, which according to the seller has only 44,000 original miles. But the seller says that the low clean original was just a starting point for his “ultimate diesel FJ40”

[Source: Expedition Portal]

Land cruiser diesel engine

From the ad:

1971 FJ40 Cummins Diesel New crate motor


Say you want to build the ultimate diesel FJ40. You start with a low mileage Arizona FJ40 with 44,000 original miles. Then you get out a fat checkbook.

It is powered by a New Crate Motor 4BT Cummins inter cooled Turbo diesel. It has less than 200 miles on it. It has a rebuilt NV4500 5 speed with granny low. Rebuilt transfer case. Complete Old Man Emu suspension, all new springs and shocks. Power steering, new front disc brakes. New Corbeau seats, new seat belts. New Tuffy locking center console. The paint is is very good condition. New professionally tinted windows. 4 new Goodyear Silent Armor tires.

Asking $58,888 New Price $48,888 DROPPED $10,000

But I want to sell it this month, so make me an offer.

Land Cruiser diesel interior

So, a mint frame and body, clean and updated interior, a new crate engine and spruced-up driveline. It essentially is everything that a Land Cruiser connoisseur could want. I am no expert on the price of vehicle like this, I’ll admit that, so judge that for yourselves.

My question is, was it worth sacrificing a clean original FJ40 for this sort of retro-modded one? Which would you rather have, this or an all-original one in the same shape? Or, perhaps, you consider that these modifications do not take away from the originality?

One thing’s for sure… those window tints have to go.


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